Postgraduate Course: Medieval Religious Thought (THET11043)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will explore the work of some of the most significant medieval Christian thinkers who worked in Europe between c. 1050 and 1400, introducing students to many of the themes and topics that most concerned them. The course will frame the work of these thinkers in its wider historical context, tracing the intellectual and methodological developments that occurred over the course of the period while highlighting their innovativeness and relation to later intellectual trends.
This course will explore the work of some of the most significant medieval Christian thinkers who worked in Europe between c.1050 and 1400, introducing students to many of the themes and topics that most concerned them. The course will frame the work of these thinkers in its wider historical context, tracing the intellectual and methodological developments that occurred over the course of the period while highlighting their innovativeness and relation to later intellectual trends.
This course will cover key ideas and figures in medieval religious thought between 1050-1400. It will also consider the influences upon, and influence of, medieval religious thought. The course will cover the work of Augustine, in specific, his medieval reception, Anselm of Canterbury, twelfth-century figures such as Abelard and Bernard of Clairvaux, the School of St Victor, Medieval Islamic and Jewish thinkers, Bonaventure, Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham.
Student Learning Experience Information:
The course will be taught through a two-hour session once a week. The first part of the session will involve an informal lecture; the second part will focus on discussion of the lecture and a set text. Each week, students will be required to read the set text before class and come prepared to participate in discussion. Every student will be asked to give a short presentation at one session during the semester on the reading for the given day. Through this presentation, participation in class discussions, and the essay requirement, students will demonstrate their achievement of the learning outcomes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||This is a graduate-level course. Please confirm subject prerequisites with the Course Manager.
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Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate detailed understanding of the arguments presented in key texts by some of the most significant medieval Christian thinkers.
- Situate the work of key medieval thinkers within the wider historical context.
- Show awareness of the key ideas or topics that recur in medieval Christian writings and the diverse ways in which the topics were treated.
- Elucidate the meaning, significance, and where relevant, the subsequent influence of medieval thought.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Theology,Medieval History,Middle Ages,Medieval Literature,Medieval Culture
|Course organiser||Dr Lydia Schumacher
Tel: (0131 6)50 8962
|Course secretary||Ms Joanne Hendry
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227